7th Texas Cavalry

The Williamson County Grays

Company C, 7th Regiment
Texas Mounted Volunteers
(Confederate)

COMPANY RECORD

The Williamson Grays were joined for duty and enrolled in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, on October 7, 1861, by Capt. Hiram Mack Burrows. During the course of the war, the company was referred to as Captain Burrows' Company; 7th Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers, Captain Burrows' Company; 3rd Regiment, Sibley's Brigade Mounted Volunteers; and Company C, 7th Regiment Texas Cavalry.1  The company set out for San Antonio, Texas, and were mustered into the Confederate service at Camp Pickett for "3 years or the war" on October 24, 1861.2  They were the smallest company in the Brigade with 56 men at the outset. They served as part of Steele's Regiment under Colonel William Steele and General H. H. Sibley and formed a portion of Steele's forces which occupied the El Paso-Mesilla area.3

The Williamson Grays set out from San Antonio for the West on December 18, 1861.4  They formed a portion of Colonel William Steele's force in the Mesilla-El Paso area, and thus did not take part in the New Mexico campaign proper. They arrived in Arizona around January 21, 1862, and remained there as the rear guard evacuating Confederate Arizona and far West Texas, leaving in July, 1862.5

After Steele was promoted to Brigadier-General in September, 1862, Company C served under Col. Arthur P. Bagby.6  In January, 1863, the Williamson Grays, along with the other units under the command of Col. Bagby, participated in the engagement at Galveston. On February 9, 1863, they marched from Houston for Western Louisiana, where they served through the end of the war.7  According to Noel, they participated in the following battles and skirmishes in Western Louisiana: Bisland (April 13-14, 1863), Centerville (April 14, 1863), New Iberia (April 16, 1863), Vermilion Bayou (April 17, 1863), Grand Coteau (April 19, 1863), Franklin (May 24, 1863), Fort Butler (July 11, 1863), Morgan's Ferry (September 7 1863), Carrion Crow (October 13, 1863), Mrs. Rodgers' Plantation (October 16, 1863), Hudson's Plantation (October 18, 1863), Opelousas (October 21, 1863), Vermilionville (November 11, 1863), Camp Pratt (November 20, 1863) (note states "7th Texas Cav., surprised"), Double Bridges (April 2, 1864), Young's Mill (April 7, 1864), Mansfield (April 8, 1864), Alexandria (April 28, 1864), Capture transport City Belle (May 3, 1864), Capture transport J. Warner (May 5, 1864), Lecompte (May 7, 1864), Marksville (May 15, 1864), Yellow Bayou (May 18, 1864), Raid to Vidalia (July 23, 1864).8

The company disbanded June 19, 1865, in East Texas.9

Several of the young men listed on the roster as being "18" were in fact younger. On the 1860 census, for example, Leonard Edwards , George W. Anderson and William F. Sellers are listed as age 15; Luther Faubion, Hezekiah Nimrod Kirk, and Martin R. Allen, are 16. Many of the members of the Williamson Grays were living in Western Williamson County at the time of the 1860 census, in communities including Bagdad, Rock House, Liberty Hill, Gabriel Mills, Florence and Georgetown.10  Of the seventy-one men on the roll, three men were killed by Indians, one died of disease, one was medically discharged and two transferred to other companies.11 The remaining men returned from the war and many returned to Williamson County.

 

 

Commanding Officers

Capt. Hiram Mack Burrows, age 39
W. T. Thompson+, listed as Capt.+

Company Officers

1st Lt. John C. Robinson, age 21 (listed as Capt..+)
2nd Lt. John F. Snyder, age 23
2nd Lt. James F. Lewis, age 22

 Non-Commissioned Officers

Orderly Sgt. S. D. Lacy, age 29
Quartermaster Sgt. Abe McMordie, age 20
Sgt. G. W. Miller, age 21
Sgt. Thomas D. Holliday, age 26
Sgt. James S. Sublett, age 28

Corporals

Corp. Henry B. Elliott, age 21
Corp. B. L. Werst, age 26
Corp. Luther Faubion, age 18
Corp. D. T. Standefer, age 20

 Buglers

Bugler O. E. Ward, age 18
Bugler John Graham, age 25

 

Privates

M. R. Allen*, age 18
Travis Allen, age 22
Joseph Allsup+
George W. Anderson, age 18
John Arledge*, age 18
L. S. Bilberry*, age 18
Marion Bilberry+
W. H. C. Bomer, age 18
William E. Bouchelle+
J. W. Branch, age 19
W. Henry Bratton, age 25
J. L. Bridges, age 21
E. Brooks, age 18
R. M. Chick, age 23
James H. Clinton, age 22
T. J. Clinton, age 19
J. F. Cloud+
John Cluck*, age 23
Joseph Jackson Cluck, age 25
R. J. Cluck+
Lewis H. Collier, age 25
David S. Cooke+
G. K. Corby+
George Craven*, age 19
J. M. Davidson+
John R. Davis, age 18
Leonard Edwards, age 18
H. D. Elkins, age 27
George Ellington, age 25
W. A. J. Gunn, age 18 
J. S. Hail+
John D. Hail, age 20
John Haile*, age 21
---- Harrison+
N. B. Holder
Robert R. Hyland*, age 21
Francis Marion Innmon, age 27
James Jefferies+
G. B. Jenkinson*, age 25
Ben Juvenall, age 18
Josiah Juvenall, age 20
Hezekiah Nimrod Kirk, age 18
Otto Krampkan, age 23
William Kuykendall+
S. M. Lackland*, age 25
Samuel Lewis, age 21
John Marrin*, age 28
John Masterton+
David May+
R. K. McMordie*, age 19
H. M. McNutt+
Haines W. McNutt, age 22
Francis M. Morrison, age 21
James C. Morrison, age 20
F. W. Neatherland+
John Nowack, age 22
John O'Keefe+
Presley O'Keefe+
John Orgain+
Sterling Orgain, age 25
Benjamine Pool+
Lafayette Rodgers, age 18
J. H. Rosser+
J. H. Russel
T. H. Seaward, age 23
Benjamin Sellers, age 24
W. F. Sellers, age 18
Wiley Sheffield*, age 18
Otto Shrimpkin+
Robert Sidebottom+
Samuel E. Snider, age 20
Thomas Snider*, age 21
A. C. Taylor+
T. B. Thaxton, age 18
Thomas W. Thomason, age 20
J. M. Tucker, age 18
John Tucker+
William Warrick+
B. L. Weast,+
Michael Welch, age 26
John Willis, age 18
Thomas Wilson*, 20
C. W. Wolfgin, age 18
Thomas Woodall, age 18
Abe Wright*, age 29

Transcribed from Muster Roll of Captain H.M. Burrows' Company C, Seventh Texas Mounted Volunteers, War Department Collection of Confederate Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C. Those individuals with an * by their name were not listed on the original muster but joined the company after October 24, 1861.

The Confederate State Roster, Texas -- Unit Roster (1997) includes individuals not found on the earlier rosters. These are designated with + beside the names. Unfortunately, no ages are given in this roster. Discrepancies in spellings of names and ranks are designated with a "+."

 

BIOGRAPHIES

George Washington Anderson, Pvt. was actually age 16 when he joined the company. He was the oldest son of Uriah Hardy Anderson and Elizabeth Emilene Gordon Anderson of the Rock House community in Williamson County. The Andersons donated the land for the Rock House School and the pioneer cemetery off Hwy 183. George W. Anderson remained a bachelor and died in 1917  and is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin. In an extract written @1920, Finis Foster Anderson, the nephew of George W. wrote the following:

"Uncle George Anderson served in the Southern Army and fought in the Civil War. I am not sure of his rank but he trained the soldiers. He never married and after the war he became a rock mason. He was a good one. He didn't make much money but did a lot of real hard work taking only about $1 to $2 per month ... just enough for chewing tobacco and clothing."

George W. was reported to have picked up some rather salty language which embarassed the good ladies and corrupted the smaller children. [Information provided by L. Hurston Anderson, great-nephew of G.W. Anderson]

Livingston Severe (L.S.) Bilberry, Pvt., was born in 1839 in Overton Co, Tennessee. He was the 5th of 9 children born to John C. Bilberry and Catherine Casey. He was wounded at Battle of Bisland in the Louisiana Campaign (April 13-14, 1863) [Noel] He married Matha Elizabeth Bilberry on Jun 5, 1868 in Burnet Co, Texas; they had 6 children between 1871 and 1900.

John W. Branch, Pvt.,  son of James W. Branch and Nancy Matthews, of the Bagdad Community in western Williamson County (near present day Leander). Moved to Williamson County prior to 1850. Cousin to Hezekiah Nimrod Kirk and Francis Marion Innmon. Occupation on 1860 census given as Stock Raiser.

Hiram Mack Burrows, Capt. was a Methodist minister and medical doctor. He was born in 1821 in Clintonville, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Jane Lewis on April 15, 1850, and they migrated to Texas the next year. Before the war, he preached on the Austin circuit, at the Georgetown mission, and in Belton, Texas. He also served in the Texas militia. Captain Burrows died June 2, 1890, in Dalby Springs, Texas.

Wounded at Battle of Bisland in the Louisiana Campaign (April 13-14, 1863) [Noel]

W. Henry Bratton, Pvt. transferred to Company H, 5th Regiment on January 20, 1862.

J. L. Bridges, Pvt. killed by Indians. [Theophilus Noel, A Campaign From Santa Fe to the Mississippi (1865)]

R. M. Chick, Pvt., wounded in an unknown skirmish. [Noel]

James H. Clinton, Pvt. Wounded at Battle of Vermillion Bayou during the Louisiana Campaign (April 17, 1863) [Noel]

John Cluck, Pvt., the younger brother of Joseph Jackson Cluck, born in 1838.

Joseph Jackson Cluck, Pvt., enlisted on October 7, 1861, at Georgetown, Texas, and served until June 19, 1865, when, the war having closed, the company disbanded.

After the war, Joe served for a period as a Texas Ranger before becoming a builder and stone mason. A stone church he built in Brushy Creek is still standing. He built his own two story home a block from the Williamson County courthouse on the corner where the townsite of Georgetown was dedicated under a big oak tree. His home stood for over one hundred years. Joe married Barbara E. Snider, daughter of John and Rachel Snider, on August 22, 1867, and sister of Company member Samuel E. Snyder. Joe died October 3, 1911, and was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.

Leonard Edwards, Pvt., died of disease. [Noel]

Luther Faubion, Corp., son of John and Eliza Faubion, born about 1844 in Tennessee. Found on 1860 census living in the household of his parents in the Bagdad Community.

John Graham, Bugler, medically discharged April 17, 1862 because of rheumatism.

John Hail, Pvt., died of disease. [Noel]

Francis Marion [F.M.] Innmon, Pvt. was born December 21, 1832, in Lincoln County, Tennessee. F.M. moved to Williamson County prior to 1860, where he is found on the census living in the household of George Washington Williams. His first cousin, Hezekiah Nimrod Kirk, was also a member of the Williamson Grays. His military service record shows that F.M. enlisted in the Williamson Grays on October 7, 1862, in Georgetown, Texas, and that he supplied his own horse worth $150 and equipment worth $30. F.M. was captured at the Bayou Teche, Louisiana, on April 14, 1863, but was parolled (released) below Port Hudson, Louisiana, on May 11, 1863, and he returned to his company. F.M.'s grandchildren told the story that at one point during the war, his horse returned home without him wearing its saddle. The family assumed that F.M. was dead, and did not discover until later that he was alive but "afoot."

F.M. INNMON, 1890 (@ age 60)

After the war, he returned to Williamson County, and married Martha [Matt] Evylon Bailey, the widow of John W. Williams who died in the Civil War. In 1868, they purchased land near the Rock House community on the North San Gabriel in western Williamson County where they raised the 2 children from Matt's previous marriage and six sons born to their marriage. F.M. died November 30, 1906, and is buried at the Hunt Cemetery in the old Rock House community.

Ben Juvenall, Pvt. Son of James Juvenall and Dorcas Smalley; younger brother of Josiah Juvenall, and second cousin of the Cluck brothers.

Josiah Juvenall, Pvt. Older brother of Ben Juvenall.

Hezekiah Nimrod Kirk, Pvt. was born in 1844 in Mississippi. He moved to Williamson County, Texas with his father, Henderson Kirk, around 1858. His father was a  farmer and a slave owner prior to the war. He was probably 17 at the time that he enlisted in the Williamson Grays. After the war, Hezekiah returned to Williamson County, and settled in the Bagdad area where he married and raised a family. On the 1880 census, his occupation is shown to be a butcher.

R. K. McMordie, Pvt. Wounded at Battle of Mansfield (April 4, 1864) [Noel]

Francis M. Morrison, Pvt., Son of William and Mary Morrison, born about 1840 in Missouri. Found on the 1860 Williamson County census living in the household of his parents. His brother, James was also in the company. He married Elizabeth A. Ray, September 8, 1870, in Williamson County.

James C. Morrison, Pvt. Son of William and Mary Morrison, born about 1840 in Missouri. Found on the 1860 Williamson County census living in the household of his parents. His brother, Francis was also in the company. He married Rebecca J. Ray, July 11, 1871, in Williamson County.

T. H. Seaward, Pvt. killed by Indians.[Noel]

Wiley Sheffield, transferred to Company G, 7th Regiment, January, 1862.

Samuel E. Snider, Pvt. Son of John and Rachel Snider, born March 7, 1842 in Vermillion County, Illinois. He married Catherine Sterling on December 6, 1863, in Williamson County, Texas. He died October 26, 1919, in Porum, Muskogee County, Oklahoma. His sister, Barbara, married Company member Joseph Jackson Cluck after the war.

J. M. Tucker, Pvt., Wounded at Battle of Young's Mill during the Louisiana Campaign (April 7, 1864) [Noel]. Son of Luther Gordon Tucker. Later a sheriff of Williamson County. Credited with the capture of Sam Bass when he was a sheriff's deputy.

O. E. Ward, Bugler, died May 22, 1862, of congestiva intermittens at hospital in El Paso.

Abe Wright, Pvt. killed by Indians.[Noel]

REFERENCES 

1Compiled Military Service Record of Francis Marion Innmon, National Archives.
2Id.
3Seventh Texas Cavalry Official History, The Confederate Research Center, Hillsboro, Texas.
4Id.
57th Regiment Texas Volunteers, p. 220, 238.
6Seventh Texas Cavalry, Regimental History, The Confederate Research Center, Hillsboro, Texas.
7Official History.
8 Noel, Theo, A Campaign from Santa Fe to the Mississippi, Stagecoach Press (1961).
9Widow's Pension Application, Joseph Jackson Cluck, sworn statements by J. R. Tucker and Capt. J. W. Snyder .
101860 Census, Williamson County, Texas.
11Noel.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT 

I became interested in the Williamson Grays after learning that my great-great-grandfather, F.M. Innmon had served in the unit. The information on the unit is sparse, and I have pieced together what I could. The Confederate Research Center in Hillsboro, Texas, has been very helpful in gathering the information that I do have.

I would like to include additional information about the activities of the company and biographies of the members. If you have information about the members of the company or comments about this page, please e-mail me.  Susan Innmon Nelson.

 

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